Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 29 overall wellness experience. It may seem like a minute detail but, when implement- ed correctly, furniture design and place- ment can enhance and promote positive experiences. Every point of contact is an opportunity to enhance patient experience satisfaction, so as healthcare and technol- ogy evolve, medical facilities and furniture manufacturers must keep up. Within the healthcare furniture industry, several companies are pushing the boundaries and creating pieces that incorporate today's trends: fl exibility, technology, mobility, cleanability and ergonomics. Let's get fl exible Flexibility is consistently being highlight- ed by clients as a "must have" in the plan- ning and design of healthcare spaces. As the price of real estate increases, facilities want the capability to use one space for multiple functions. There's an increase of wellness exams and consultation rooms being integrated into one space, as well as becoming the center of the overall health- care experience. This new design allows patients to spend most of their visit in one room for multiple services instead of mov- ing to diff erent areas throughout the visit. Many rooms are being re-designed to foster a caregiver-patient relationship, in- cluding a separate consultation space with comfortable lounge seating to accommo- date multiple people. Providing adequate space and cozy seating allows family members to feel welcomed and included in the care. Replacing the typical exam table with a recliner permits the patient, caregiver and physician to be eye-to-eye, instead of talk- ing down or up to the patient, increasing communication and trust. Monitor arms are a necessity in health- care but must be fl exible to accommodate varying heights. The ability to adjust the device for nursing staff heights can in- crease productivity and effi ciency. The addition of standard pieces to existing furniture lines to accommodate patients of size is another experience enhancer as well. Historically, a chair de- signed for a patient of size would work for 20" Desk surfaces should allow computer monitors to be placed 20 inches away from healthcare staff. — OSHA furniture recommendations 44% Out of materials specifi ed annually by interior designers, 44 percent is healthcare furniture. — ASID 2018 Interior Design Outlook and State of the Industry Report From left: Connected modular lounge pieces create fl exible designs, such as straight runs, serpentine shapes and ganging tables. > Today's patient chairs should provide the necessary functionality, and take up less of the valuable fl oor space within the patient care zone.

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